digital.planpolitik.de is going online! We are very excited to introduce you to our website for digital projects and offers. We are proud to announce that ten years after launching planpolitik, we have expanded our wealth of methodical and content-related experience by technological competences that enable us to implement digital educational projects. Get to know our online platform for political simulation games – it’s the only one of its kind in the whole of Europe! Whether a project-supporting online portal or a platform on European exchange of ideas – educational projects will increasingly contain digital elements and planpolitik digital offers you solutions from a single source.
On May 21, our project “Next Level: Europe”, commissioned by the European Commission Representation in Germany, was kicked off in Hamburg. This was also the start of a series of simulation games addressing the role of regions in the European political process. Simultaneously, the supporting online portal has been launched at www.europaplanspiel.de: Teachers can download the simulation game materials free of charge, additional information and advice on carrying out the simulation games themselves. Furthermore, the portal will offer extensive opportunities for interaction and information exchange.
It is great fun to make friends online, too. Most of all when you can choose the wrong person without it being embarrassing or dangerous. We all know: practice makes the master! Based on this motto, we want to introduce kids to the use of social media and at the same time test our new online service JUNITE!: “online friendships” is one of its many lessons that we will test at Berlin primary schools this summer. While testing we are ready to make mistakes – sooner rather than later.
After our visit in 2012, we now returned to Rabat for yet another interesting mission. In a joint seminar with the WWF we worked with Moroccan NGOs on strategies to increase their influence in the climate debate.
After the conference in Paris this December, the 2016 Climate Change Conference will take place in Marrakech – and the preparations with a highly motivated team have already begun. Motto: 100% Renewables by 2050!
This May will see us travelling to Basel, Switzerland, twice. This time on invitation by swisspeace for the facilitation of two trainings on conflict management. While the first training focused on questions of transitional justice, the second training will deal with a conflict in the fictitious multi-ethnic state of Rosania. Thanks to the inspiring participants, all of them with extensive work experience in the field, these trainings are among the highlights in this rather busy early summer.
We are delighted that for another three years, we will continue to travel to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Training Center in Torino. We will facilitate three trainings per year on the subject of effective lobbying in the EU for the Employers Young Professionals Academy. After our first visit in late April our next trip to beautiful Torino is scheduled for June.
planpolitik have received the UN PEACEapp Award. During the conference „Build Peace“ in Nicosia/Cyprus, our team members Konstantin Kaiser and Lars Harzem were presented with the award in recognition of our online gaming platform. The international jury awards the prize to innovative formats designed to address forms of conflict management and cultural exchange through digital games. The multiplayer browser game was one of five winners out of more than a hundred entries from all over the world.
Few other issues have occupied the public’s attention and dominated the news as much as migration and asylum. And so it comes as no surprise that planpolitik has been busy developing and facilitating a host of new formats on the issue – including expert conferences, short simulation games for experts and school kids, as well as educational workshops for the general public. And we were commissioned by partners as diverse as the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the European Commission, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation or the “Democracy Shop” in Anklam. Of course we are always striving to adequately deal with the complexity of the issue and invite participants to engage in critical reflection.